When Trevin Wax wrote in Baptist Press News back in July 2011 that “the pro-life movement is winning,” he likely had no idea that Time magazine would one day agree with him. With the cover of its current issue declaring that “40 Years Ago, Abortion Rights Activists Won an Epic Victory with Roe v. Wade, They've Been Losing Ever Since,” Kate Pickert backs up the claim by noting that 24 states have adopted more than 90 new restrictions on abortions just since 2010, and then adds,
These laws make it harder every year to exercise a right heralded as a crowning achievement of the 20th century women's movement. In addition to North Dakota, three other states — South Dakota, Mississippi and Arkansas — have just one surgical-abortion clinic in operation. The number of abortion providers nationwide shrank from 2,908 in 1982 to 1,793 in 2008, the latest year for which data is available.
Getting an abortion in America is, in some places, harder today than at any point since it became a constitutionally protected right 40 years ago this month.
She laments the success of pro-life activists in getting parental notification laws adopted along with waiting periods and counseling before an abortion can be performed. Funding of abortion under Medicaid has been eliminated in 30 states, and the shift in sentiment from pro-choice to pro-life among citizens is accelerating. She notes a study by Gallup that shows just 41 percent of Americans now consider themselves to be pro-choice while 50 percent call themselves pro-life. This is a tectonic shift from just eight years ago when those numbers were reversed. She also noted that pro-life activists are now young, white, female, and persuasive. As Lisa Miller wrote at The Washington Post, there is a “new vitality [in] the anti-abortion [pro-life] movement … the most visible, entrepreneurial and passionate advocates for the rights of the unborn … are women. More to the point: They are youngish Christian working mothers with children at home.”
She contrasts them with the older generation of pro-life activists who have faded from the scene:
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